Recognizing Caffeine Allergies
by Kristina Amelong
It appears that my desire to drink caffeinated beverages has outlived my body’s ability to handle them. I hate this. As a recovering person, I am loath to still have an addiction that I am completely determined to keep, but am seemingly being required by my body to give up.
Off and on for years I have experienced a troubling numbness and tingling in my arms and legs, hands and feet, sometimes accompanied by pain. Over the past few months, the sensations and the pain have become constant, always worse at night as soon as I lay down in bed. At first, I just worried – I had MS, I was about to die, I would be crippled for the rest of my life. Then I decided to use what I know and take action – I increased my intake of herbs and supplements, and stepped up exercise and physical therapies. All to no avail.
Finally, as the last stone I loathed to turn over, I decided to determine if my daily cup of coffee, which I was splitting into two half cups, twice daily, in a cup or two of plain rice milk, sometimes steaming hot and other times on as many ice cubes as I could fit into the cup (for years, I have guiltily been asking the baristas at coffee shops for "just a little bit more ice, please") was the culprit.
Since I was 20 years old, I have been slowly, successfully, painfully, regretfully, with great reward, peeling away from my day-to-day life my addictions to substances. Now, at 47, as if I have done none of the recovery work, the deeply hard and life-transforming work, I am called to the journey of recovery once again. Luckily, I have found Tulsi tea to carry me through a challenging ongoing experiment of greatly reducing my caffeine intake.
I have survived my journey of drinking coffee only once or twice a week, along with two to three cups of India Breakfast Tulsi tea per day, with the added treat of a chocolate mint oolong tea once in a while. A month has passed. What are the results thus far? The numbness, tingling, and pain departed, completely, for three weeks. However, now the symptoms are back.
It seems that some of us have caffeine allergies and/or sensitivities, which means that our bodies cannot correctly process caffeine molecules. There are many possible symptoms of caffeine allergies. Here are the top 20.
I will keep you posted on my continued journey.